Are people being coerced into euthanasia?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week I had the opportunity to screen the Fatal Flaws film and speak in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Campbell River British Columbia. Thank you to the local organizers who made this possible. This article is about three stories from the three events at which I spoke. The …

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Moral Challenges exist for nurses around euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition “Nurses are conflicted with assisted deaths” UBC Okanagan nursing professor and Canada Research chair in health, ethics and diversity, Barb Pesut, was interviewed by Daniel Taylor for the Lake Country Calendar. In her interview Pesut comments on the moral challenges faced by nurses with euthanasia. She states: …

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Québec government begins consultation on expanding euthanasia for Alzheimer’s

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last September, a Quebec court expanded Canada’s euthanasia law by striking down the “terminal illness” requirement in the law. As the Canadian Press reported at the time, “A judge today found the ‘reasonably foreseeable natural death’ requirement of the Criminal Code, which prevents some people from accessing …

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Québec man asked for euthanasia based on nursing home living conditions, not his health

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Québec man who is scheduled to die by euthanasia on December 5, says that he asked for euthanasia, not based on his degenerative health, but due to his untenable living condition at CHSLD [a residential and long-term care center] in Valcourt. Mélanie Noël, reporting for La …

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Delta BC Hospice supports caring options, not euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Board of the Delta BC Hospice Society that operates the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner BC [British Columbia] has reversed the decision of the previous board and has reverted to its prior position opposing euthanasia while supporting excellent care. An article published by the Delta Optimist …

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Belgian doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 9 patients

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On September 24, I reported that a Belgian doctor had been charged with murder in the deaths of four patients in the palliative care department of the CHR van Hoei Hospital. HLN news has now reported that the doctor lost his contract with the hospital and has …

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Alberta debates conscience rights protection bill 207

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On November 7, the Alberta Legislature had first reading on Conscience Rights (Health care Providers) Protection Act, Bill 207, a private members bill that is sponsored by Member of the Legislative Assembly Dan Williams. Bill 207 then passed its first vote along party lines with 36 United …

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Australian woman charged with murdering her millionaire boyfriend using euthanasia techniques

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Natasha Beth Darcy has been charged with killing her boyfriend, Matthew Dunbar (42) in August 2017, soon after he named her the sole beneficiary of his multi-million dollar estate. I am writing about the alleged murder of Dunbar is that Darcy is accused of using euthanasia techniques …

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Woman pressured boyfriend to suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last February, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michelle Carter for assisting the suicide of Conrad Roy who was 18 at the time of his death. Carter, who was 17 at the time of Roy’s death, was sentenced to 15 months in …

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California 2018 assisted suicide report. 337 reported assisted suicide deaths.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The 2018 California annual assisted suicide report is similar to other U.S. jurisdictions where the report implies that the assisted suicide deaths were voluntary and self-administered but the information in the report does not address that subject. According to the 2018 California assisted suicide report: 452 prescriptions …

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Arizona Nurse charged with murder in friend’s death in California.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An Arizona nurse has pleaded not guilty of murder, in a California court, based on her allegedly injecting her friend with assisted suicide drugs. According to an article by Kim Bellware published in the Washington Post: Kristie Jane Koepplin, 58, of Peoria, Ariz., pleaded not guilty in …

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Nick Goiran introduces 357 proposed amendments to Western Australia euthanasia bill.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Hon. Nick Goiran, a Liberal MP and a known opponent of euthanasia, gave notice Wednesday night that he is proposing 357 amendments to the Western Australia euthanasia bill, making it clear that a final vote on the bill will not likely occur this year. Last August, Goiran, …

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